Family Art Day

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery offers FREE admission and programs to visitors of all ages on the last Sunday of each month from 12 pm to 5 pm!

Next Family Art Day: January 26, 2020


Guided tours:

1:00 - 2:00 pm English

2:00 - 3:00 pm French 
(please meet at the Welcome Desk beside the elevators)

Free activities:

12:00 - 5:00 pm Art Cart, Jean E. Irving River Gallery
Create warm and fuzzy felt board art! Make ephemeral image and text compositions in response to the Marion McCain Exhibition of Contemporary Atlantic Art.

12:00 - 5:00 pm Canadian Gallery
Merrymaking! Cornelius Krieghoff’s winter scene is full of funny characters. Use coloured pencils and soft stickers to make portrait drawings or paper dolls.

12:00 - 5:00 pm International Wing
The Hunts of Maximillian is one of a series of 12 tapestries that would have hung together to keep out the winter draft and provide amusement through the imagery. Try our tapestry eye-spy activity sheet.

12:00 - 5:00 pm Sobey Youth Art Space
Writing on the Walls exhibition

The Writing on the Walls program is a partnership between the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Fredericton’s literary festival, Word Feast. The goal of the program is to support the development of student literacy skills through creative writing and an increased exposure to fine art. The program combines student compositions (prose and poetry) with the artwork that inspired the writing in a special exhibit at the gallery.

12:30 – 4:30 pm Education Room
Weaving with Kim Bent

Winter is a time to bundle up in wool! Watch the weaving demonstration on a table loom and learn how to weave on a small frame loom.  Kim can show you all the parts and tell you how it works.  Experience the magic of creating cloth from string!

Kim loves to introduce people, young and old, to weaving.  She has been playing with yarn since she was a child and is fascinated by all the cloth-making techniques.  She can occasionally be found teaching at the UNB Art Centre and through the edVentures program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.  She sells her own woven creations at craft shows and sometimes shows them at galleries.

12:30 – 1:30 pm RBC Learning Centre
A celebration for the Word Feast exhibition, Writing on the Walls!

1:30 – 4:30 pm RBC Learning Centre
instapoetry 101 with Jenna Lyn Albert

More than just an excuse to use your cellphone, this workshop will focus on instapoetry, a style of poetry that is intended to be shared widely on social media and often features visual art, such as a drawing or a photograph. Participants will be encouraged to write a short poem in their style of choice, which they can post on instagram if they wish. Examples from viral instapoets such as Rupi Kaur, Atticus, and Alison Malee will be on hand for inspiration, as well as art supplies and a typewriter.

Jenna Lyn Albert is a poet, cat enthusiast, and proud Acadienne living in Fredericton. She is a member of The Fiddlehead’s editorial board and a first reader for Goose Lane Editions’ Icehouse poetry imprint. Her debut collection of poetry, Bec & Call, was published with Nightwood Editions in September 2018. She is currently serving a two-year term as the City of Fredericton’s Poet Laureate (2019-2020).

2:00 – 3:00 pm Orientation Gallery
“Merrymaking - Songs and Stories of a Cold Country”

As part of Fredericton’s annual FROSTival, the Calithumpians (aka Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre, FrOST for short) present some winter wonders including Habitant folksongs and a few poems by WH Drummond plus other winter diversions of Old NB as preserved by Lord Beaverbrook.  

This winter event will warm your heart as you travel back in time to Old Canada where cold weather diversions included horse sleighing, skating and tobogganing as well as families gathering around the fire to share stories and songs